Question by  sd215 (33)

My dog pulled a hind leg muscle - what should I do?


Answer by  MTGrandma (405)

A dog can get a pulled muscle from overexerting him or her self while participating in dog agility sports, retrieving and even just rough play. While they are painful, pulled muscles will usually heal within a week or two with some rest. If rest hasn't worked you may need to take your furry child to a vet.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

The first thing you should do is take the dog to the vet for ordered treatment. Usually with rest for the injured leg, it should heal within a week or two. If the dog is put on rest make sure his quarters are limited so he can't be too active.


Answer by  withluck (1745)

The main thing to do when a dog has a pulled muscle is to limit the dog's activities to give the muscle time to heal. The dogs area should be limited, or the dog can be kept in a crate more, to allow recovery time. The dog should also be provided with a warm, comforted place to rest.


Answer by  Badgzara (95)

I would suggest taking the dog to a vet. However, you can try giving your dog a massage and seeing if that helps. If your dog is in pain because of it though the dog might have a tore muscle or something else a vet could diagnose. It just really depends how your dog feels.


Answer by  sonaliraghunathan85 (154)

Make sure he doesn't strain the leg too much and consult a doctor IMMEDIATELY regarding the treatment and appropriate diet for a speedy recovery.


Answer by  gbella (216)

It is unlikely it is a muscle. It is probably his cruciate. This can be painful and can result is further damage if not treated by a vet.


Answer by  siji (62)

I think the first thing we can do is give a smooth massage. See whether that reduces its pain. Or take to a vet.


Answer by  ujwalraimjoshi (729)

The most important thing to do when your dog has pulled a hind leg is to onsult a Vet in order to check its severity and if required get the x-rays done. Consult physiotherapist and practice the prescribed exercises. Give him sufficient calcium. Last but not the least shower him with lots of love, good luck and petting.


Answer by  sjflanders (26)

If the dog is able to put weight on the leg, no emergency. If your dog is limping hours after the injury, give your dog children's tylenol and observe if dog is panting or won't eat (signs of pain). Contact your vet if symptoms don't improve overnight.

posted by Anonymous
Never ever give a dog tylenol! It is toxic for dogs!!  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
I don't think it is safe to give a dog tylenol. Tylenol is dangerous and can kill a dog.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
Dogs can only have aspirin! If small, baby aspirin. My boy is 120 lbs all muscle & my vet said he can have 500 mg of aspirin. Make sure they eat with it as to not upset their stomachs. If you can, give buffered aspirin & only 2x a day.  add a comment

Answer by  a31nelson (80)

You should limit his exercise routines to be less physical and try to keep him from running too much and keep him still as much as possible.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

Just let the dog rest as much as it needs to and if it will let you rub something on it for the discomfort do so other than that it will just take time for the muscle to heal on its own.

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